Montgomery County PA Car Accident Lawyer

Being involved in a car accident can be painful, stressful, and emotional, especially when it was not your fault. Fortunately, injured parties can collect compensation from the individuals responsible for their accidents. However, dealing with the at-fault party and his or her insurance company can be difficult and frustrating, so if you were recently involved in an accident caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior, please contact The Levin Firm to speak with an experienced car accident attorney who can evaluate your case and represent your interests.

Types of Car Accidents

All car accidents are different and their severity depends on a variety of factors, including:

  • The speed at which the vehicles were traveling prior to the crash;
  • The number of vehicles involved;
  • The age and general health of the passengers;
  • Whether the parties were wearing seat belts; and
  • The size of the vehicles involved.

Despite these variables, there are some types of car accidents that occur more than others and are notorious for resulting in injuries. These accidents include:

  • Rear end crashes;
  • Side impact collisions, also known as T-bone accidents;
  • Head-on collisions;
  • Rollovers;
  • Sideswipes; and
  • Multi-car pile-ups.

Of these kinds of accidents, multi-car pile-ups tend to result in especially severe injuries due to the multiple vehicles and impacts involved. However, all of these kinds of collisions can have serious repercussions, some of which can even be deadly.

Common Causes

Car crashes are unpredictable and so can occur in a number of different ways and situations. However, most car crashes are the result of one of a few well-known causes, which include:

  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
  • Driving while distracted or fatigued;
  • Speeding or otherwise driving recklessly;
  • Making unsafe lane changes or improper turns;
  • Swerving to avoid road debris;
  • Poor visibility;
  • Tailgating and aggressive driving; and
  • Tire blowouts.

Although most car accidents involve collisions between at least two vehicles, thousands of single vehicle crashes occur every year as the result of defectively manufactured car parts. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) even estimates that as many as 60 percent of all fatal car accidents involve only one vehicle. In these types of single vehicle crashes, manufacturers, distributors, and retail sellers can all be held responsible if the defect was the result of their negligent actions, so if you were recently involved in an accident caused by a defective car part, please contact our legal team today.

Typical Injuries

The severity of injuries sustained in a car accident depends on a variety of factors. However, there are some types of injuries that occur relatively often in car crashes, including:

  • Broken bones;
  • Mild to severe lacerations;
  • Whiplash;
  • Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs);
  • Spinal cord damage;
  • Burns;
  • Amputation; and
  • Emotional trauma.

Many of these injuries have debilitating and lifelong consequences for victims. For example, even after receiving treatment, some victims suffer from chronic pain for the rest of their lives. Other injuries require numerous surgeries, prescription medications, and physical therapy, the cost of which can quickly drive a family into debt. Many accident victims also suffer from emotional distress, which can manifest in the following ways:

  • Insomnia and other sleep-related problems;
  • Flashbacks;
  • Sudden and unexplained mood swings;
  • Depression;
  • Panic attacks and anxiety;
  • Irritation; and
  • Memory problems.

Fortunately, injured parties who suffer from these symptoms can receive treatment from medical professionals and therapists, although this can also be extremely expensive. Having to foot the bill for these costs can be especially frustrating for those who were injured because of another person’s negligent actions, which makes it especially important for these individuals to contact an experienced car accident attorney who can help them seek compensation for their losses.

What to do After a Car Accident

Regardless of the type of car accident a person is involved in, there are a few steps that occupants should always take, including:

  • Ensuring that no parties need immediate medical assistance. If someone is suffering from a serious or life-threatening injury, it is critical to contact emergency responders as soon as possible. These individuals will be able to assess the safety and health of all injured parties and provide transportation to the nearest hospital if necessary.
  • Contacting law enforcement officers who will take official statements from the parties involved. It is also important to request a copy of this report at a later date, as this record could be critical to establishing fault.
  • Obtaining contact information from the other parties, such as their name, phone number, address, and insurance information.
  • Collecting contact information from anyone who witnessed the accident.
  • Taking photographs of the scene of the accident, including vehicle damage. These images can be crucial to helping determine how much an injured party is owed in compensation.
  • Collecting the insurance company’s damage valuation. It’s also a good idea to request two independent repair or replacement estimates from adjusters.
  • Saving copies of all medical records related to your injuries. This evidence will make it easier to establish not only the severity of the injury and the expenses involved in treatment, but also its cause.

Every car accident is different and in some cases, taking these steps will be impossible or impractical, especially if injuries are especially severe. However, it is always important to keep clear and organized records in the event that the case goes to trial.

Contact us Today to Speak With an Experienced Car Accident Attorney

In Pennsylvania, car accident victims have two years in which they can file a claim against the at-fault party in court. Unfortunately, many injured parties are unaware of this time limit and so miss out on the opportunity to collect compensation for their losses. To ensure that you do not miss any important deadlines or fail to comply with court procedural requirements, please schedule a free consultation with an experienced car accident attorney by contacting us at The Levin Firm at (215) 825-5183 or by completing one of our brief contact forms.

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